Ultrasound uses sound waves to look at the internal organs of your pet. It is therefore a much safer and less invasive procedure than surgery, which used to be the only way a vet could assess the animal's organs. Although the procedure is quick and safe, there are a few things you can do to make sure the appointment goes without a hitch.
Get your dog used to the vet
Even if you have no appointments booked, it is a good idea to check with your vet if you can bring your dog in just to get used to the place. Dogs who only undergo treatment at the surgery may become anxious and stressed when they realise where they are going. If they have already become used to it as somewhere to go for a fuss and a treat, they will be much happier when they have to go for treatment.
The vet will probably want your dog to avoid food for at least a few hours before the scan. This is because they will get a better view of the dog's internal organs, without being obstructed by undigested food. You should be okay to give them water though.
Talk to your vet
Your vet may have particular instructions or preferences for your dog. In particular, if your dog is on any medications, you should check whether it is okay to carry on with it, or if you will need to change the routine for the ultrasound scan. You should also make sure you understand the procedure yourself and ask any questions you have. Your vet will make sure you are fully informed.
If you are nervous about the procedure, your dog may pick up on this and become worried as well. Try to keep calm so you can reassure your pet. There is no risk associated with the procedure, so it is more a question of your pet's happiness rather than safety. In general, an animal should not need to be sedated for an ultrasound scan, so if you keep your own nerves under control, your dog will have a more comfortable experience.
Remember, pet ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive procedure that will cause no harm to your dog but can provide a quick and accurate diagnosis. If you have any concerns just talk to your vet, who will be happy to reassure you.
To learn more about pet ultrasounds, contact a vet.